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Book Information:

Author: Anthony Lo Bello
Title: Origins of mathematical words: a comprehensive dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic roots
Additional book information: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2013, xviii+350 pp., ISBN 978-1-4214-1098-2, US $49.95

Author: Joseph Mazur
Title: Enlightening symbols: a short history of mathematical notation and its hidden powers
Additional book information: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014, xxiv+285 pp., ISBN 978-0-691-15463-3, US $29.95

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Review Information:

Reviewer: John Stillwell
Affiliation: University of San Francisco
Email: stillwell@usfca.edu
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 53 (2016), 331-335
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/bull/1518
Published electronically: August 28, 2015
Review copyright: © Copyright 2015 American Mathematical Society